Monthly Archives: December 2014

Statistics highlighting key dangers in the workplace have been released by the HSE

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have released latest statistics highlighting key dangers in the workplace.

health and safetyThe latest figures include things such as contracted illness as well as injuries, according to the figures more than 1.2million people suffered with some form of illness during the last year, with just over half a million of those employees developing a new ailment during that time.

A further 800,000 people that had already been out of work for over a year were also ill due to a past employment. It was reported that of the newly acquired illnesses, 34% were musculoskeletal in nature, whilst almost 46% were related to stress, depression or anxiety.

There are around 8,000 occupational cancer deaths each year. 50% of these deaths are caused by previous workplace exposure to asbestos that led to either lung cancer or mesothelioma. Close to 2,500 people die from mesothelioma each year and these fatalities are expected to peak in 2017 before seeing a steady decline.

The HSE study also examines workplace fatalities, with 133 deadly injuries recorded so far for 2013-2014. Read more

Acorn Analytical Services Ltd praise ATaC courses

Message from Acorn Analytical Services Ltd:

We recently sent one of our staff members on a survey course run by ATaC at their midlands office in Burton on Trent.

The course was very good and our staff member is now sitting looking at his qualification certificate five days after sitting the exam.

We as a company think that the turn round is exceptional and I would like to that the staff at ATaC and RSPH for their prompt service.

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The Analyst Project

This is an update on what HSE are looking for:

The analyst project started by HSE early this year and involves an initial questionnaire relating to procedures and how many 4 stage reoccupation test the laboratory conduct. HSE will then pick 25 laboratories at random who they will visit. This will be an office visit looking at procedures, asking pertinent questions and taking away samples and slides for re-analysis by the Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL).

HSE are also looking at the ASB5 notification system. They will choose to visit asbestos removal contractors on the last day of the licensed asbestos work so that they can assess the analyst carrying out the 4 stage reoccupation test.

An ATaC member, has recently had an office visit by HSE as a part of this project and below are some points that were raised. Remember, the visit by HSE is nothing like a UKAS audit. The HSE are the enforcing authority and if necessary enforcement action could follow.

The meeting was all very friendly and frank, and they said the basic aim was to ensure the new HSG248 would be fit for purpose, but also to consider the health of analysts, as HSE are aware that ASLIC is 30 years old, and potentially there is a point around now where analysts maybe affected by mesothelioma.  They discussed decontamination for analysts, but in the main it was gaining information for statistical analysis.

The main points are as follows: Read more

Increase of deaths caused by mesothelioma in the Education Sector

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have released the latest mesothelioma statistics for the Education Sector.

Increase of deaths caused by mesothelioma in the Education SectorAccording to statistics the death of teachers caused by mesothelioma is on the rise, it has been recorded that 177 school teachers have died of mesothelioma since 2001.

Mesothelioma is a formally rare form of cancer that principally affects the pleura (the external lining of the lung) and the peritoneum (the lining of the lower digestive tract). Many cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed at an advanced stage as symptoms are non-specific and appear late in the development of the disease. It is almost always fatal with most of those affected usually dying within twelve months of diagnosis.

Asbestos is responsible for causing the vast majority of mesothelioma cases in Great Britain. There are currently about five times as many deaths in men as there are in women each year. This is largely a reflection of the fact that past asbestos exposures that caused many of these deaths tended to occur in occupational settings, and in jobs mainly held by men rather than women.

Although still caused by asbestos, a minority of currently occurring female deaths are directly attributable to occupational exposures. The continuing increase in annual mesothelioma deaths is a consequence of the effect of past exposures and the long latency period of the disease (i.e. the time between initial exposure to asbestos and the manifestation of mesothelioma) which is typically between 30 and 40 years. Read more